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Tea is the new coffee. When such global shops as Starbucks drink up smaller tea concerns and when national “drink me” retailers appear in neighborhoods, then Londoner Liversidge (author of Pasta Sauce! Grow Your Own Ingredients, 2013) is right on trend. Her book acts as a reference tool primarily for those harvesting from seed or plant, although, obviously, anyone tea inclined will find it useful. She covers leaves, seeds, fruits, flowers, and roots—43, in total—with such information as reaping medicinal and nutritional benefits, growing, harvesting, and preparing the brew. Although the format is somewhat repetitious, and the photographs are not the sharpest, her wisdom is demonstrated on every page. For instance, sidebars called “Teabag Friends” and “Tips” respectively identify complementary tea tastes and alternative uses (as well as occasional caveats, like don’t confuse African violets with violets). Both the book’s introduction and its finale are well filled with facts, ranging from notes about teapots and water to advice on plant gardening and tea drying. --Barbara Jacobs

About the Author

CASSIE LIVERSIDGE was born in the UK and studied Fine Art at Plymouth University. She grew up on her parent's plant nursery where her love of gardening began. Her debut book, Grow Your Own Pasta Sauce came from a desire to share her passion for eating home grown food and living in a more sustainable way. She lives and works in London with her husband and two sons, but spends two months of the year in New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125003941X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250039415
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being a long-time practicing herbalist, I am not easily impressed by books on herbs. More often than not it seems as though writers rely on what others have written, regurgitating the same information again and again without adding much, if any, new material from their own understanding, practice, and experience.

Not so with Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes. The author, Cassie Liversidge, has provided a book that is as refreshing as hibiscus tea on a hot summer afternoon, combining scientific information, traditional and folklore traditions, and her own experiences with each plant she features.

Liversidge begins with tea, both black and green, and the goes on to explore various alternatives to that most traditional of beverages, such as lemon balm, blueberries, and honeysuckle. Odd as it is, I had never really thought of trying to grow actual tea plants. While I realize it would be impossible for me to grow enough to keep my family in tea for a year, I do think it will be fun to grow at least a couple just to see how they grow and try my hand at harvesting and preparing our own homegrown tea.

The book is beautifully put together and effectively organized. It is divided in to larger sections like leaves, seeds, fruits, flowers and roots. Each section offers several examples and gives information on medicinal benefits, growing and harvesting, blending and making a tea or tisane with that plant or plant part. I especially enjoyed the "Tea Bag Friends" sidebars, in which Liversidge offers ideas and tips for blending other plants with the one that is being featured.
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If you love tea YOU HAVE TO GET THIS BOOK. This is the most essential book for anyone who loves to drink, make, gift, and create teas. Whether you're just having a drink of tea with friends, making a pot for a few family members, giving a gift of tea to loved ones, or trying to think of a new blend to come up with, you need this book. The amount of information it has on things to use in teas as well as the actual cultivating of the camellia sinensis plant itself is just amazing. It's a great read, keeps it interesting by giving facts about the seeds, fruits, leaves, herbs, roots, and tubers you can use to make teas. And it explains the differences between green teas and blacks and tips on how to properly brew teas. It's very informative.
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good book but it would have been nice if the hardiness zones were included. you read about a plant think ohh i want that one then research it on the net just to find out you cant plant it.
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The reason this book is so great is because it can connect you with the nature around you. Make sure you check with property owners before harvesting anything in any amount(duh), they might not want you pulling things that others consider weeds and you don't know if the plants have been sprayed. I suggest you get a dehydrator and use it on ones she doesn't suggest it for because it shortens the time considerably and I haven't noticed a difference in flavor or richness in the ones I have done both ways. I would recommend this to prepper friends as they would love all the helpful medicinal values that these plants have in the event they are right about the world as we know it coming to an end soon.
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I have a small raised garden the holds black river stones in the winter. One day I may try a greenhouse plants, but for now I like the Zen look.

In the summer I vary. One summer planted cat thyme, another several lavenders. I was planning on flax this year. But after I read this book I may have to change planting plans.

The book has lots of glossy pictures. I am pretty sure the kindle version does also. It is really an overview with lots of starter information on various plants that tea can be made from. Also how to grow, prepaid, and serve. We also get information on the medical benefits.

Now we know why Hercule Poirot drinks herbal teas.
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This book is wonderful and very informative. Learning a lot about how to grow, harvest and brew my tea. Not to mention I love the photographs in the book.
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For one who grows herbs, this book holds lots of ideas! It is well done with beautiful illustrations for each tea as well as how to grow, harvest, dry, and make the particular tea. There are suggestions for combining herbs for great taste and medicinal benefits. Even "tips" are included.
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Great book. Explains everything I need to know about processing tea leaves. Anyone in interested in growing tea it's good.
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